Norton Long's Ecology of Games Theory Research Paper

Norton Long's Ecology of Games Theory
An examination and analysis of strength of Norton Long's theory of the ecology of games.
# 153813 | 8,950 words | 29 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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This paper presents an in-depth analysis of Norton Long's Ecology of Games framework as well as provides its historical context, scope and assumptions, propositions, etc. The paper also reviews the literature on this framework and discusses the framework's strengths and weaknesses and its possible applications.

Historical Context
Scope and Assumptions of the Ecology of Games Framework
Defining and Measuring Games
Propositions in the Ecology of Games Framework

From the Paper:

"Long (1958) did not explicitly state the assumptions associated with the Ecology of Games framework, but many are implied. First, Long's ecology relies on a fixed (geographically bound) spatial arrangement to structure institutional interactions. Although certain communities are geographically bounded, others are unified by a substantive issue, and their actors, roles, strategies, and goals are somewhat unique given the nature of their union; and in a similar vein, the regional boundary of certain ecologies may be much larger than a neighborhood or city. To illustrate, just as Long focused on the games that are played (and driven by) a community's geographical boundaries that produce outcomes within that geographical space, on a larger scale, there are games that are played nationally (the United States comprises the area) and internationally (the Earth is the geographical space) that are driven as much or more by substantive issues (e.g., global economy, environmental justice, human rights, etc.) as they are by region. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Brandon, Richard N. "Establishing Long-Term Science and Technology Goals: Providing

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